PARIS 19/8/2010 - A man driving a car managed to open the doors of the presidential palace. He was arrested and placed in a psychiatric hospital.
On the night of Sunday to Monday, a man tried to enter the courtyard of the Elysee by car. At the wheel of a Renault Clio, the man went to the main entrance to the Presidential Palace, 55 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, circa 4:00 am. In order to impersonate an official car, the motorist has activated a beacon perched on his dashboard. According to RTL, which revealed information, the officer on duty at the gate warned the military command responsible for greeting visitors and control of the palace, but no policeman came to verify the identity of the driver. A policeman who was in the courtyard activated the gate, and the security supposed to block the path of the vehicle was lowered. The motorist was able to easily park inside the courtyard. The Elysee denies this story and says he was immediately arrested by the Republican Guards at the gate and handed over to police.